WELCOME TO SAINT ANDREW’S

welcome to Saint Andrews
At St. Andrew’s, we welcome everyone who seeks to experience God (in some way) – and we respect the dignity of every human being. Whether you are a year-round Islander, a summer resident or guest, or a first-time visitor, we very much hope you enjoy your time with us. Come as you are, come be who you are, and see!
tiffany window OVER 100 YEARS OF HISTORY
St. Andrew’s began in 1895 as an Episcopal mission, and by 1910 the church building was consecrated. It features Tiffany stained-glass windows and a pulpit the shape of a dory.
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We are located on the beautiful Island of Martha’s Vineyard. If that’s not reason enough to make it out here, learn more about our endearing Episcopal church.
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St. Andrew’s is an episcopal Church, part of the world-wide Anglican Communion, and a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.
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contact CONTACT US
Church Office: 1-508-627-5330 Rector’s e-mail: fatherchip@standrewsmv.org Office e-mail: office@standrewsmv.org Office Fax: 1-508-627-4318
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RECTOR’S MESSAGE

Greetings, friend! And welcome to our website…we’re so glad you found us! It’s a little hard to describe all the things that are happening here at St. Andrew’s, but I have to say this: Great things are definitely happening, and it’s exciting. Really.  For those who’ve wondered about church these days, this might be a good church to try. I believe all of us have a hunger and thirst inside that can’t be satisfied by food and water. It’s our spiritual side, and life becomes wonderful when we pay attention to it and explore it. The trick is to find a space that can help us nurture our spiritual lives and grow in a safe and welcoming environment.  Some churches are better than others at providing that sort of environment. Those that succeed work for success. We at St. Andrew’s have joyfully undertaken that work.  If you are seeking a place that is renewing itself, we might be just the right fit for you. And if you have a family, this might be a great fit for them, too. A good church can be a wonderful help and lift in life—and in ways that might surprise us.>> read more
UPCOMING EVENTS AT ST. ANDREW’S

Advent News…

SAVE THE DATE!  ADVENT OFFERING!  “THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS: THE INCARNATION,” will take place on Monday, December 8 at 7:00 in the church.  Father Chip will present the theology behind Christmas in a quiet and reflective setting, with music and candlelight.  Great way to begin a season of wonder and expectation!

GIVE YOURSELF A GIFT FOR ADVENT!   Look for our new Advent daily meditation booklets to guide you on a deeper journey.  This year’s offering from author, Episcopal priest, and new mom Danielle Tumminio, Expecting Jesus, explores birth–both the physical birth of Jesus and the metaphorical opportunities for rebirth in our spiritual lives. Advent offers a time for preparation, to wait in hopeful expectation for the coming of our Savior. On Christmas, we celebrate Jesus’ birth and, through him, the amazing possibilities for transforming ourselves and the world. Each meditation begins with scripture and ends with questions for individual or small-group study. Suggested donation:  $3—5.

…AND LOOKING AHEAD TO CHRISTMAS 

A special way to remember our loved ones that have gone on before us is to put their names on the CHRISTMAS MEMORIAL FLOWER LIST. There are cards and envelopes in the pews in the Parish Hall or simply call or email the Church Office. Any donation is welcome and goes to support our Altar Guild and Flower Committee, the elves that ready the Church for worship and keep the Altar looking pretty for all of us!

PARTY DOWN AT CHRISTMAS IN EDGARTOWN!   On Saturday, December 13, St Andrew’s Church will sponsor the ONE AND ONLY St Nicholas as he walks in the Parade down Main Street beginning at 10:00 am (Come out and yell, “Hallelujah St Nick!” when he comes by!)—and then—come be with us as St Andrew’s Church offers an open house to EVERYBODY! We’ll be in the Parish House afterward to enjoy great food, warm drink and plenty of goodies!  Please contact Susan Kelly at skellya@comcast.net or Heather Anne Slayton at office@standrewsmv.org if you’d like to help and be part of our celebration—it’s great!

GIVE TO THE CHRISTMAS TURKEY DRIVE!   For some years now, St Andrew’s Church has been one of the island’s leading givers to The Vineyard Committee on Hunger, who, with the help of Reliable Market, sponsors a wonderful for families that would otherwise not enjoy a full meal that day.  For only $25.00you can donate an entire meal from soup to nuts, but any contribution is always welcome!  The monies will go directly to Family to Family, from St. Andrew’s Church. Checks should be written out to VCOH with Family to Family in the memo.

CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SCHEDULE:            

Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25:

10:00 am Holy Eucharist

Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24:          

4:00 pm (Family) and 9:45 (Choral)

(Service ministers:  please pick up the new schedule, and sign up for Christmas help now!)

PLEASE GET YOUR PLEDGES IN TODAY AND HELP ST ANDREW’S to keep her lights on, Christ’s light, for everyone—and the generations to come.  Our stewardship focus this year is on “KEEPING YOUR PROMISES,” specifically, the promises we made, or that were made for us, at our baptisms into the life of Christ.   YOUR ROLE IN ST ANDREW’S CONTINUED VITALITY IS CRITICAL—AND WE ARE SO BLESSED FOR YOU AND FOR WHAT YOU MAY GIVE.  A few of our more generous givers have recently moved or passed away, so it’s up to us to fill the void.  May God move us to fill it with our love and from our own treasure!

OUR ADULT BIBLE STUDY meets every Tuesday morning at 8:22 am over in the Parish Hall.  This past week we had an awesome conversation!  Come share a cup of coffee and some thoughts with us!  

PLEASE BRING YOUR CANS TO CHURCH!  It’s time to help out our island friends and neighbors who are going through some tough times.  Please try to remember to bring something with you when you come to church—non-perishable items that haven’t expired.  NEXT WEEK we’d love it if you could bring in WHITE OR BROWN RICE.   Please place your blessings in the humongous Island Food Pantry box in the Parish Hall—and thanks for your caring heart!

WE COULD SURE USE A COUPLE OR THREE COFFEE HOUR HOSTS to get on our rotating schedule—it‘s a wonderful ministry to host an after-party following our Sunday celebrations!  Please see Cindy Flanders after worship, or call her at 939-9375, or email her at caflan1257@aol.com.  Great ministry—give it a go!

GREAT NEWS ABOUT OUR MISSION LIFE IN EL SALVADOR!  Our Mission Group recently met on Oct 14 and made the following determinations:

  • To plan a return trip to El Maizal in late October or early November 2015
  • To help raise $5,200 to fund repairs of the water tower and a water pump

There is some great excitement about this—and we hope ANYONE who wants to join us on our next trip feels like they can!  We’ll leave a list in the Parish Hall asking for anyone interested to participate in our mission work (in any way), to leave a name and phone number/email address.  We will now undertake the planning for these two projects. We just had a newbie sign up to go on next fall’s trip—is God calling you to join us?  It’s affordable and unforgettable—you just need to put aside the time, and trust God!

NOMINATIONS FOR VESTRY are now being considered…have you considered joining our Vestry?  It’s a wonderful way to serve your church and help with our vision-making and decision-making!  Please feel free to give your name to one of our Vestry members or Father Chip, or ask any questions you may have.  A SOLID LEADERSHIP TEAM LIES AT THE CORE OF EVERY VITAL PARISH!   Mission to El Maizal 2014 Hit this link and visit YouTube for a wonderful slide show of the Mission Group’s visit to El Maizal, El Salvador, this past June!!

SEE SOME GREAT PHOTOS!  USE THE ABOUT US TAB ABOVE/LIFE AT ST. ANDREWS.                                   †                                 

       Church Office Hours:

  • Heather Anne Slayton, Tuesday—Friday, 9:00 am—3:00 pm.

  • Father Chip Seadale:  Monday 9—11 am and Wednesday 2—4 pm (and available by appointment). 

  • Please note that Heather Anne is not in the office Saturday through Monday, and Father Chip is not in the office Friday and Saturday. 

  • Father Chip can always be reached in emergencies on his cell at 774-563-9716.

AND join the conversation on our FACEBOOK page!

 

  “The Vision of St Andrew’s Church is to make God present in our families, our neighborhood, our town, the Island of Martha’s Vineyard, and in the world.” 

  

                  Our Vestry

 

Wardens:       Bonnie Deitz and Chris White

Treasurer:       Wesley Brown

Parish Clerk:   Sandra Mott

Members at Large:  

Adam Wilson, Claudia Metell, Dean Gifford, Paul Anastacio, Suzanne Alberich and Pam Monterosso